Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday (finally!)

So I have thinking about the past and future alot lately.  We have lived in 6 houses (well one was a church basement..but you know) in our 8 years of marriage...have had somehere around 14 cars (no less, maybe more...but 4 were free), 6 churches, 5 pregnancies, 4 miscarriages, 2 adoptions, 16 foster children, I don't remember how many rounds of fertility treatments, several jobs, and countless times of joy, trial, laughter, tears, sleepless nights, and you could go on and on about what the last 8 1/2 years have held for Handsome and myself.

I remember being so excited to buy our first house together in 2003 (a turn key 4 bedroom (we turned into 5) with basement, main level, & upstairs...fenced in backyard...beautiful trees, garage...oh it was amazing for $35,000!  I remember that all 4 of our precious angel babies were in that house...I remember feeling so sad when we sold that house in 2006 because it held so many good memories!  I couldn't imagine selling that beautiful house...but we did, and we sold it for $65,000! 

I remember being so excited to build our next house.  Making plans for a babies room (we were thick in adoption right then) and where we would put our Christmas Tree and things of that sort.  But it came down to it we sold the house so we could afford to raise our two babies! 

I remember being so sad that I had to bring my two babies home to a church basement...we didn't even have a real home at that time.  I remember being grossed out when they learned to crawl there, learned to 'sort of' go up stairs there...and being so dissappointed in myself that I was late for church most of the time...AND I LIVED THERE!

I remember being so thrilled to move into the parsonage because of the space...and it being clean....and allowing the kids to have bedrooms...and having a real kitchen with a real dinning room...and our OWN bathroom!  Our kids learned how to really go up stairs here, and walk here, and we went through most of Boo's medical trials here, and we were excited the day we started fertility treatments here...we housed so many wonderful people and memories here.  We had a beautiful rose garden and fun windows and a 'daycare room' and our Meshach and Nema had 2 different sets of puppies here.  But at the same time this place really separated our family.  Handsome was so busy with his electrical job and with the pastorate that it didn't leave much time for family.  I went through some really tough times with the PCOS and if effected my normally bubbly nature and I was drained from having to young ones, one of them being VERY sick. 

Now we are this place in life were much is happening.  Struggles with trying to figure out what to do.  Our marriage and relationship is stronger and more solid than it ever has been.  But we are also adding on to our house, our family, and our daycare!  As I type the workers are out putting walls up on what will be Boo's room...or the boys room and little Grasshopper is swimming around inside of me...all 6 inches of him/her!  AND I have at least 2 of my Patch moms who are experiencing the same thing, one is about 3 weeks behind me and the other about 8 weeks behind me.  But we also are going ahead with another adoption.  We should have all the paperwork signed and be contracted by the end of November...fitting, as it is National Adoption Awareness month!  We very realistically could be looking at Grasshopper having a brother or sister very close in age

There is so much history in 8 1/2 years...but one thing that has not changed in that time is God.  He has been there through it all and while it isn't always easy to lean on Him...we have.  I know personally I could not have made it through all the trials the last 8 years have brought without my personal relationship with Jesus Christ my Savior!  Being a Mama to a boy that I was afraid to check on him first thing in the morning because I was sure he wasn't going to be with us any more!  Getting pregnant 4 times and loosing each one so early in their little lives.  The adoption process, marriage, church, people, oh how difficult it would have been without God!

Do you look at your life sometimes and wonder WHY?!?  Do you ever look around and think it is all pointless?  If you do maybe you should seek to find God...with God all things are possible, in His time.  I believe our 8 years can be a testiment to that.  We wanted to adopt SO BAD and in HIS time it happened.  We tried fertility treaments and 3 years later in His time Grasshopper came around with no medical help.  We prayed to be used of Him and sometimes almost forced the issue, but in His time the church that we were suppose to be with came knocking on our door!  Seriously over and over you can see how God is still in the miracle business and He wants to be working them in your life!  You just need to call on Him!

"For the wages of sin is death, BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!"  Romans 6:2

I am thankful for our history...but more than anything, for my relationship with my Heavenly Father!